|Diane Cypkin 8August2013 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Emily B.)|
Diane Cypkin, a performer and professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University, was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on August 8, 2013, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Diane describes her parents’ lives in Lithuania and the vibrancy of pre-war Jewish life in Kovno (modern-day Kaunas). When the Soviets invaded Lithuania as part of their agreement with Nazi Germany, Diane’s father, a manufacturer of children’s clothing, conspired with his own workers t...
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|Shimon Alperovitch 31July2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Emily B.)|
Shimon Alperowitch, head of the Jewish community in Vilna (Vilnius) and Lithuania, was interviewed by oral historian Christa Whitney, in Vilna, on 31/7/2012. The shrayber is Sara Davolt. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Shimon Alperowitch was born in Vilna (Vilnius) in 1928, during the Polish occupation of Lita. His mother came from a prominent Jewish family in Lita (Lithuania) called Strashun...
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